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Earn badges for teacher and school leader professional development

We believe in anytime, anywhere learning. We also believe your achievements should be recognized so that you can share your accomplishments and knowledge with your colleagues and communities. That’s why the Microsoft Educator Network awards badges for the skills and knowledge that are learned and shared through our online professional learning community, in our in-person events, and in school communities around the world.

If you have met the criteria to earn one of these badges and it is not turned on in your profile, please let us know. We’ll be happy to confirm that you have met the criteria and turn your badge on.

Member Designations
How do I earn these?
Partners in Learning Educator badge
Partners in Learning Educator
Educator and member of the Microsoft Educator Network.
  • Simply by becoming a member of the Microsoft Educator Network
Microsoft Innovative Educator badge
Microsoft Innovative Educator
Educator who demonstrates innovative use of ICT in their teaching and learning practices.
  • You applied and were invited to attend the inaugural Partners in Learning Institute in 2010.
  • You were invited to attend the 2010, 2011 or 2012 Global Forum with your learning activity.
  • You have attended the two day Partners in Learning Institute/Microsoft Innovative Educator Training in 2012.
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert badge
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Educator who is committed to leading the conversation about the use of technology in education.
  • You applied and were accepted as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in the Partners in Learning for Educators program in 2013.
School Designations & Badges
How do I earn these?
Microsoft Partners in Learning School badge
Microsoft Partners in Learning School
School that has educators participating in the professional learning community, Microsoft Educator Network.
  • Simply by becoming a member of the Microsoft Educator Network and establishing your school profile
Microsoft Innovative School badge
Microsoft Innovative School
A school committed to exploring, planning and developing a culture of innovation by participating in the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program online
Microsoft Pathfinder School badge
Microsoft Pathfinder School
A school committed to developing a culture of innovation through participation in Microsoft Innovative Schools Program.
  • Your school applied and was accepted as a Pathfinder school in the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program in 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • This designation was retired in 2013. All schools may now apply to become a Mentor School.
Microsoft Mentor School badge
Microsoft Mentor School
Demonstrated leadership in developing and implementing innovative practices and community leadership in Microsoft Innovative Schools Program.
  • Your school was a Pathfinder School and based on your contribution in the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program in 2010 and 2011 you were invited to become a Mentor School.
Microsoft World Tour School badge
Microsoft World Tour School
Excels at mentoring other schools, deep experience in implementing innovative practices, and community leadership in Partners in Learning for Schools.
  • Based on your contribution, leadership and demonstrated success in the Partners in Learning for Schools program in 2010, 2011 and 2012 you were invited to become a Microsoft World Tour School.
Partners in Learning School Research badge
Partners in Learning School Research
School understands what education transformation means in practice for them and is measuring innovative teaching practices.
Professional Learning Badges
How do I earn these?
Partners in Learning Local Forum Participant badge
Partners in Learning Local Forum Participant
Educators share and get their learning activity evaluated online or at in-person events.
  • You created a learning activity that used ICT tools and included a rubric, examples of student work, and 21st century teaching and learning practices and entered it into a local Partners in Learning Forum/Innovative Teacher Forum.
Partners in Learning Regional Forum Participant badge
Partners in Learning Regional Forum Participant
By invitation, gives educators in a region the opportunity to network and share best practices.
  • Following the judging process at your local Forum, you were invited to participate in the Regional Partners in Learning Forum with teachers from other countries (or states in the US) in your region.
Microsoft Global Forum Participant badge
Microsoft Global Forum Participant
By invitation, gives educators from regional events the opportunity to network and share best practices.
  • Following the judging process at the Regional Forum, you were invited to participate in the Global Partners in Learning Forum with teachers from around the world.
Teaching with Technology badge
Teaching with Technology
Represents completion of all six Teaching with Technology courses.
  • Pass all six course assessments.
21st Century Learning Design badge
21st Century Learning Design
Represents completion of the 21st Century Learning Design training
  • You have attended a 21st Century Learning Design training
Teaching with Technology Basics badge
Teaching with Technology Basics
Represents completion of all four Teaching with Technology Basics courses.
  • Pass all four course assessments.
Windows 8 in the Classroom Seminar badge
Windows 8 in the Classroom Seminar
Represents completion of the Windows 8 in the Classroom seminar.
  • You have attended a Windows 8 in the Classroom seminar.
  • You have watched the Windows 8 in the Classroom online seminar
Windows in the Classroom Seminar badge
Windows in the Classroom Seminar
Represents completion of the Windows in the Classroom seminar.
  • You have attended a Windows in the Classroom in-person event and completed the online survey; or
  • You have watched the Windows in the Classroom online seminar and completed the online survey.
Shout badge
Shout
Teachers and students develop learning activities that incorporate citizen science and social responsibility for global problem solving.
  • You participated in a Shout webinar or community and created a learning activity based on one of the Smithsonian Institute citizen science themes (Tree Banding or Water Matters), or on DeforestACTION.
Training Partner Badges
How do I earn these?
Microsoft Teacher Trainer badge
Microsoft Teacher Trainer
Awarded to graduates of a Partners in Learning Institute or Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) train the trainer event.
  • You have attended an in person, multi day Partners in Learning train the trainer event.
Community Contributor Badges
How do I earn these?
Hot Topics Contributor badge
Hot Topics Contributor
Community member, facilitator and thought leader who writes insightful blog posts that stir thinking and conversation on topics in education.
  • You share your experience in one of the Microsoft Educator Network's Hot Topics subjects by writing blog posts.
  • You facilitate and participate in the discussions for your topic blog posts.